Classes are back in full swing, and, yes, the workload has gotten a bit weighty – but does that mean there is no time to put together a decent outfit in the morning? Nonsense! I believe that if you stock your wardrobe with great individual pieces, getting ready in the morning will be a breeze. So, I’m dedicating the first week of “Chloe’s Corner” this fall to getting you equipped with the essentials, fashion and otherwise, for this fall season.
Since New York Fashion Week is still fresh in my mind (did anyone else spend valuable homework time looking at photos and videos from the runway?), I’ve mentioned some of the designers who showed new trends in exceptional ways. Everyone needs a little inspiration, right?
Denim Jacket Accessories If your jacket of choice is a denim one, accessories like iron-on patches, superhero-embellished pins and sparkly brooches, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, will add lots of visual interest to this staple piece. Brooches were an especially big part of Prada’s runway show at Fashion Week – how do floral perspex brooches sound?
The Perfect Fall Jacket
You need to be able to wear this all season, so nothing too outlandish. Think simple yet structured, so you can fend off the dropping temperatures no matter what the rest of your outfit looks like. My top colors right now are army green, burgundy and navy blue. They match with everything and make you look polished. Before shopping for this, I recommend you look at the jackets shown at Fashion Week by Public School, ALLSAINTS and Alexander Wang for inspiration.
Go-To Graphic Tees
Nothing fancy here, just a set of comfortable tops to make weekend outfits a no-brainer to put together. Zara always has a good collection of these, with plenty of them on sale.
I know, sunscreen is not the most exciting product, but it’s very important. Even when the sun isn’t out, UV rays are still shining down on us. If you get in the habit now of putting on sunscreen every day, you can avoid having sunspots or even worse, skin cancer, in the future. Sunscreen is an easy preventive measure, and there’s no need to get fancy! Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55 can be found at any CVS and will do wonders. You can thank me later for this one!
A Good Magazine Subscription
Whether it relates to fashion or not, magazines are the perfect break from a busy schedule. Cozy up with a cup of tea and your favourite Spotify playlist and give yourself 20 minutes of downtime a few days a week.
Holed, sheer, colourful – you name it. Tights of all sorts act as a great transition piece when paired with skirts, dresses and shorts from the summer. Saint Laurent’s ripped pairs and Versace’s bold, red patterned tights made a powerful statement on the runway.
Every week, put a mask on. They can be used to exfoliate, moisturize, remove dead skin cells and give your face a healthy glow. For me, I put on a mask every Friday to unwind. You can order packs of masks from the many available on Amazon.
Adopting a signature scent is an easy way to make people remember you, so get into the habit of putting a little something on. It’s also a total mood booster to have a beautiful fragrance on all day. For fall, try something a bit stronger than the usual light summer florals. Think ingredients like orange blossom, patchouli and amber.
Editor’s Note: This fall, Chloe Lee ’17 continues “Chloe’s Corner,” her column on fashion and beauty. You can also find Chloe on her blog “Cachet de Chloe.”